Benediction

Benediction

Thanks to the ear
that someone may hear

Thanks to seeing
that someone may see

Thanks to feeling
that someone may feel

Thanks to touch
that one may be touched

Thanks to flowering of white moon
and spreading shawl of black night
holding villages and cities together


from Hot Earth Cold Earth (Bloodaxe 1995), copyright © James Berry 1995, used by permission of the author.

Recordings

James Berry

James Berry Reading from his poems

1Folk Proverbs Found Poems

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2Rough Sketch Beginning

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3Just Being

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4Spirits of Movement

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5My Arrival

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6Night Comes Too Soon

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7Chain of Days

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8A Schooled Fatherhood

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9Early Days Thinking Is Only So Much

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10Defendant in a Jamaican Court

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11Villager's Independence: 2

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12Haiku Moments: 1

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13Flame and Water

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14Boolooloops

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15Ol Style Freedom

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16Words of a Jamaican Laas Moment Them

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17Words at My Mother's Funeral

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18Haiku Moments: 3

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19In God's Greatest Country, 1945

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20Old Man in New Country

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21In-a Brixtan Markit

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22Lucy's Letter

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23Thinkin Loud-Loud

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24It's Me Man

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25Starapple Time Starapple Trees

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26On an Afternoon Train from Purley to Victoria, 1955

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27New World Colonial Child

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28Benediction

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